Duffy on target for Commonwealth and Olympic double
Women's triathlon gold medallist Flora Duffy will follow up her historic gold medal with Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games glory, according to world, Olympic and Commonwealth champion Emma Snowsill.
World No.1 Duffy was in imperious form as she claimed her first Commonwealth Games gold medal, ahead of England’s Jessica Learmonth and Canada’s Joanna Brown on Thursday.
It was Bermuda’s first women’s gold medal at a Commonwealth Games and propelled the country to the top of the leader board at the start of the Games.
Snowsill - the first female triathlete to win three world championships, and gold medallist at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - said Duffy, 30, has what it takes to follow in her footsteps and do the Commonwealth-Olympic double.
"I have no doubt (that she can do it). If she remains injury free and continues her great form over the coming months, she will be very hard to beat," Snowsill said.
"There are other athletes in the mix, building towards Tokyo, but Flora is definitely the favourite. She's really rounded herself as the consummate professional triathlete.
“Everyone keeps talking about her swim-bike combo, but I'm really impressed with the way she runs as well, and she's got everything right at the right time.
"I was impressed with how she raced (in the GC2018 women's final). She had a lot to contend with, pressure wise - her own pressure and from the country of Bermuda as well. That's a testament to how she is as an athlete, not just physically but also mentally coping with that."
Duffy finished eighth in her previous Commonwealth Games appearances – Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014 – while at an Olympic level she recorded a DNF (Beijing 2008), 45th (London 2012) and eighth (Rio 2016).
The two-time world champion made her international event debut when Snowsill won Commonwealth gold in 2006.
"I was 18 and it was actually my first international level race. It was very scary and daunting for me," Duffy said.
“But inspiring to be on the same starting line as eventual champion, Emma Snowsill.”
Next on Duffy's GC2018 agenda is the mixed team relay at Southport Broadwater Parklands on Saturday, and the women's mountain bike at Nerang Mountain Bike Trails on Thursday.
This article was produced by Games News Service.